On 9 May 2015, our Outreach Ministry partnered Club Rainbow to bless children aged nine to 12 with chronic and life-threatening illnesses by bringing them and their families — a total of 42 beneficiaries — on an outing to Alive Museum, an illusionary and 3D art attraction.
Club Rainbow is a local charity that extends help to chronically-ill kids and their families. Many of the children require frequent visits to hospitals for treatment, complicated therapy and long-term medication. Some of them are also afflicted with physical disabilities that made outdoor activities challenging. As such, these kids and their caregivers also have a pressing need for emotional and social support. By organising a special outing for the children and their families, our Outreach team hoped to bring cheer and joy to them.
Capturing memorable pictures for the families.
Other than helping children with disabilities around, volunteers who were armed with Polaroid cameras also snapped pictures and gave out instant snapshots to the families while they enjoyed a fun time together.
Volunteer Melissa Su, 32, shared that the outing provided a much-needed break for the family she was tagged to. Due to her illness, the younger daughter in the family was prone to temper tantrums because she was unable to express herself in other ways. To avoid unwanted stares and attention, the family hardly went out together.
Amazingly, this young child who was unwilling to walk or participate initially, enjoyed the outing so much that she got off her stroller and danced happily in a 3D mirror room at the museum. At the end of the outing, she even responded with affectionate hugs and kisses as she presented a lovely flower to her mum.
Precious moments like this made the excursion a truly rewarding experience for our volunteers!
The children having fun and posing for photos against 3D backdrops and artworks.